Skip to Main Content

Call for Papers: Feminist Phenomenology After Beauvoir: "Undutiful" Phenomenology

*Call for Papers*


Feminist Phenomenology After Beauvoir: "Undutiful" Phenomenology


Panel held at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture (EPTC) in conjunction with the Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy (CSWIP)


May 28-30, 2018, Regina, Saskatchewan


Panel Organizers: Christy Landry (Wilfrid Laurier University)

& Kristin Rodier (University of Alberta)


Deadline for paper submissions: Monday, January 29, 2018


In Husserl’s Cartesian Meditations he characterizes our shared world as “actually there for everyone, accessible in respect of its Objects to everyone,” but critical scholarship by feminist theorists, queer theorists, critical race theorists, and disability theorists among others argue otherwise. In fact, they contend Husserl's Objects are not possible when lived experience is structured differently and therefore, aren't "actually there for everyone.” This panel seeks to establish how far this insight can be taken. For example, feminist phenomenology has much to offer for analyzing practical problems arising from oppression, but it is still too often bound to the search for a pure method of shared lifeworld.  Likewise, gender, sexuality, race, and ability often force people to inhabit lived worlds that aren't "actually there for everyone." These disjunctions between lived worlds drives feminist and anti-oppression phenomenology generally to appropriate undutifully from classical phenomenology.

We seek papers from philosophy, the social and natural sciences, and the literary arts which seek to answer this question through the framework of continental philosophy.

Papers may engage:

·         Critical departures/disloyalties to phenomenology

·         Failed phenomenologies/misappropriated methods

·         Anti-oppression phenomenology, especially those that revise methods

·         Critical approaches to framing projects, especially as within a “tradition”

·         Adapting/adopting/appropriating phenomenological methods to unlikely domains

·         Critiques of embodied experience, such as absent body or occularcentrism

·         Translations from academia to popular or non-expert audiences

Authors are invited to submit a paper of 20-25 minutes reading time. The deadline for submitting a paper is January 29, 2018. Papers may be emailed to Christy Landry ( and Kristin Rodier (